Graybeard Outdoors banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,717 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I am considering having a custom gun made. What do you guys think about the M700 action and the Sako action? I have several factory M700s and they are great. I also know that many custom rifles are also made on Sako actions. Then, to make matters more confusing, I have heard that there are Remington Actions with Sako extractors.

Does anyone know where I can find either a Remington M700 Stainless Action or Sako 70 Stainless Action? Any idea how much they cost?

What are your thoughts on this in general. What action do you think I should use?

Zachary
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
53 Posts
Remington/Sako

Zachary,

A couple of questions:

What's it for?

How and where will it be used?

The Remingtons are great target/benchest actions as are the Sakos. Remingtons are probably the more accurate. They both do well out in the bush too, although neither wouldn't be my first choice there.

There have been documented cases of Remingtons modified for Sako extractors failing. Don't recall all the particulars, but shouldn't be too hard to track down.

Maybe consider starting with a stainless Winchester Model 70 Classic or something built upon a Mauser 98.

Just my two cents worth, but I have a little bit of experience here and abroad. I've seen both Sakos and Remingtons have problems out in the bush and during week long rifle courses.

Rocky
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,717 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
The cartridge I am contemplating is a 35 Whelen, and the purpose would essentially be hogs with 200 to 225 grain bullets for shots generally under 150 yards. I keep on hoping that Remington or Winchester will make a gun in stainless for this cartridge, but, surprisingly enough, neither has done it yet.


I was under the assumption that people can just buy a new 700 action...apparently not. A gunsmith told me that I should just by a 700 BDL SS and give him the action. What about the barrel, stock, etc? That sounds like a waste of money. And I don't want a used action either.

Remington's custom shop offers a 35 Whelen in their KS rifles, but it's not stainless.

Can anybody build a gun like this for under $1,000? :? I'm about to just give up.

Zachary
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,717 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Advocate,

I guess that the Montana Rifleman in 1999 looks pretty good given that it has the design benefits of both the M70 and the Mauser.

Zachary
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
3,196 Posts
A buddy of mine bought a Remington (quite a few years ago) in 8mm and then gave it to a gunsmith (who used just the action) who built him some wildcat round. Now this guy doesnt get a thrill unless he is shooting 300-500 yds across corn fields. He is a very good shot. I do not know the caliber he is using but he has to form his own brass and of course load his own shells. I think he shoots a 140 gn bullet. Now he is finding out that there are several guns out there that will do what his will do and you can use factory ammo. I think he had about 2700.00 into the gun.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,717 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
From what I have researched, $2,700 for a custom gun is about average. Sure some are less, and some are much more.

I'm looking into a Montana Rifleman 1999 stainless barreled action - which would cost about $800 plus shipping, plus FFL ($35 here in feakin' Miami :evil: ) I figure that the McMillan or HS Precision stock will be about another $250, plus having someone glass bed it and have a trigger job done on it. As such, I'm looking into a total cost of about $1,300.

That's alot more than your off-the-shelf BDL SS which costs about $600, but then again it's a lot less than the $2,700 average.

Zachary
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top